It took only one game for the new-look Washington Wizards to resemble their same old dysfunctional selves.
Andray Blatche took to Twitter on Tuesday to, in effect, criticize the way his criticisms were criticized following the Wizards’ season-opening loss to the New Jersey Nets.
“Every body need to shut up I didn’t call out my coach or team mates I said I had a bad game need it n the post instead of jump shots,” Blatche tweeted.
Blatche wasn’t happy after the 90-84 defeat in which the Wizards blew a 21-point lead, saying afterward he wasn’t being used to the best of his abilities. He scored 11 points on 5 for 13 shooting and was called for a technical for exchanging words with Kris Humphries.
“You can’t keep having me pick-and-pop and shooting jump shots,” he said in the locker room. “Give me the ball in the paint. That’s where I’m most effective at. I’ve been saying that since training camp: I need the ball in the paint. I don’t want to be the pick-and-pop guy that I used to be. It’s not working for me.”
“It’s disappointing,” coach Flip Saunders said Tuesday. “But, look, we were all disappointed.”
Saunders met with Blatche before practice to sort things out.
“We talked about what he said about as far as wanting to be in the post,” Saunders said. “And I told him, that’s something to my ears. I love hearing that. … But then he also has to understand that just because you get it at 17 feet, you don’t have to shoot it either. I’m not twisting his arm to do that.”
Saunders also clarified the captaincy situation. He said he plans to rotate captains for the time being because the team had such an abbreviated training camp. Blatche and John Wall served as captains for the first game.
“It was a situation last night, he’s been here longer than anybody else,” Saunders said. “And so we’ll rotate as far as who it’s going to be.”
BUCKS: Forward Drew Gooden was suspended without pay for the team’s first home game Tuesday night for his flagrant foul in the season opener.
Gooden was ejected late in the third quarter Monday for clocking Gerald Henderson in the head with his arm as the Bobcats guard attempted to make a driving layup in Charlotte’s 96-95 win.
Gooden’s suspension left the Bucks particularly short-handed for their home opener against Minnesota.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Carlos Delfino and Tobias Harris did not play because of injuries.
Mbah a Moute has tendinitis in his right knee, Delfino has a sprained right wrist and Harris has been out with dehydration.